Funding Opportunities

Updated January 17, 2020  

Grant season is in full swing at the California Arts Council! Fifteen programs are now open with nearly $35 million projected to be awarded, the most in the agency’s history. Funding is available to support community arts, arts for youth, arts and justice projects, and operational and field support. Apply today!

2020 COLLECTION ASSESSMENT FOR PRESERVATION (CAP) PROGRAM – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2020 The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is accepting applications for the 2020 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collection and building assessor.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL PROJECT AND QUICK GRANTS – DEADLINES FEBRUARY 3–17 Humanities for All is a grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. This program responds to the needs and interests of Californians, encourages greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Project Grants offer funding between $10,000–$20,000 and Quick Grants offer funding between $1,000–$5,000.


AAMC FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 11 This program fosters exchange and partnership between non-US based curators (International Awardees) and US-based curators (US Liaisons). The program will enable UK curators to travel, network and develop relationships with US-based peers.


CALIFORNIA CIVIL LIBERTIES GRANT PROGRAM – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 24 Funding available for projects that educate Californians about civil liberties through projects in education, public media, preservation, and the arts. The grant program supports the creation and dissemination of educational and public awareness resources concerning the history and the lessons of civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices carried out against communities or populations.


CAL HUMANITIES' LIBRARY INNOVATION LAB – DEADLINE MARCH 2 Now entering its fourth year, Cal Humanities's Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program supports the design and delivery of responsive and relevant public humanities programming in California’s public libraries by providing a nine-month practice-based professional development experience (and cash grants of up to $5,000) to participating library programmers.